The government set taxes on the sale of whiskey in an attempt to raise funds for national debt. However, the tax was met with much controversy as those against the sale of alcohol saw it as a ''sin tax,'' with those on the other side of the argument deemed the tax unfair. In 1800, Thomas Jefferson repealed the tax.

Then came the Prohibition, where whiskey was once again at the heart of society's ''ills.'' Before the Prohibition, whiskey, other liquors and beers had been prescribed by medical professionals.

Those in the medical profession, lobbied for the repeal of Prohibition because it prevented the prescription of alcohol. From 1921 to 1930 doctors earned about $40 million for whiskey prescriptions, so it was no surprise that doctors wanted this ban lifted.

Licensed doctors were given pads of government-issued prescription forms, such as the one pictured above, for ailments from indigestion to depression.

From 1920, initiated by the 18th amendment, The National Prohibition Act meant that the only consumption of alcohol was allowed if prescribed by a doctor, farmers who were producing their own for themselves and priests, ministers and rabbis were allowed to serve it during religious ceremonies.

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